LG adds to portfolio with G Pad tablet

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Manufacturer announces its first tablet since the Optimus Pad at Mobile World Congress in 2011

LG has unveiled the G Pad, its first tablet since the announcement of the Optimus Pad at Mobile World Congress (MWC) two-and-a-half years ago.

It also marks a change of strategy for the manufacturer after it told Mobile News at MWC in February that it had no plans to get involved in the “distracting” tablet market this year.

The tablet is the second product to join LG’s new G range, following the G2 smartphone, which was announced in August and is due for release next month.

The G Pad is powered by a 1.7GHz processor and runs the Android 4.2.2 operating system, with LG’s own UX interface lying on top.

It has an 8.3-inch full HD display, is also 8.3mm thick and although made of plastic, comes with an aluminium back.

Also included is a five megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by a further 64GB with a microSD card.

 

LG has added a number of its own features to the G Pad. ‘KnockON’ enables the user to turn the screen on by knocking it twice, while ‘Slide Aside’ enables them to navigate through three running apps by swiping the screen with three fingers.

No details on pricing or availability have been released yet.

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